Saturday, September 15, 2012

Video by participants of the About and around curating project at Mikser festival 2012

Video by participants of the About and around curating project at Mikser festival 2012 
(or just click on picture on the right side, at the top of this blog)

The participants of the project had an opportunity to make a video (duration 90'') and, according to their own criteria and technical skills, give voice to one of the following topics:
- The position of a curator in Serbia today, or the present state of culture in Serbia
- Savamala space - through art, urbanism, history, (lack of) perspectives...

All videos are merged into one, integral video lasting 16 minutes and 20 seconds.
After the opening screening, the participants had a small workshop - by random choice, each one got a chance to express a critical opinion of another's work in five sentences. The time available for writing short texts was 15 minutes.

By using a media "reserved" for the artists, the videos represent the position and a statement of young and future curators of today.

Video 2012, 16’20’’

More on About and around curating at Mikser festival 2012 at:


1.            Ana Stevanović and Marija Ratković

Directors and producers: Ana Stevanović i Marija Ratković
Editing: Marija Ratković
Camera: Ana Stevanović

The video by Ana and Marija, recorded from the tram, directly adds to and (doesn’t)  justifies the image of the society where these two future art historians live, recalls and reminds us about the actual state of Belgrade – the part that we could see at Savamala district.
Loneliness, but also insurgency.
Enormous, almost insurmountable gulf between This Here and Now and That There and Now.

Slađana Dragičević, art historian

2.            Andrej Bereta

"Roll another one"
Director, producer: Andrej Bereta
Editing, camera: Andrej Bereta
Protagonists: Andrej Bereta and Srđan Tunić
Music: The Fraternity of Man - Don't Bogart Me (1968)

Culture that’s locked in a system. Who has the key? Does lobbying open the doors for art and culture projects? The financing of artistic and cultural project is a problem without solution if there are not famous/unknown Maecenas involved. It seems that the persons beholding the key don’t need any Story to realise the importance of culture and art in society.

Tijana Trkulja, art producer

3.            Dušan Savić

"Noli me tangere"
Director: Dušan Savić
Producer: Srđan Tunić
Editing and camera: Dušan Savić
Protagonist: Dušan Savić

To be curious, to touch everything… To try, to feel… And to find out. How else does one learn – about one’s surroundings, about one’s self? With one’s hand, independent, exploratory, as a curator in action – a basis for true toolbox.

Andrej Bereta, curator, art historian

4.            Slađana Dragičević

"Put ka SavaMaloj (A trip to SavaMala)"
Director and producer: Slađana Dragičević
Editing: Dušan Savić
Camera: Slađana Dragičević

This work was made while preparations for the Mikser festival were taking place.
Travelling from Sombor to Belgrade, the author, without purpose, takes an available medium to express her condition, which will later become a basis of video artwork.
In the rain, one could find discomfort, and unrest in the fast traffic.
She doesn’t walk the road, the road passed by her.
Hidden from the rain, the author finds shelter from where she expresses retreat against current, chaotic, black and white events.

Jelena Micić, philologist, student of aesthetics

5.            Tijana Trkulja

"Critical issues of urban practice"
Director and producer: Tijana Trkulja
Editing and camera: Nenad Billy Urošević
Protagonist: Tijana Trkulja
Music: Nenad Billy Urošević – Way (2012)

The mask hides, but behind it could be anyone.
The straitjacket points at rejection from society, public and the “normal“ field.
The author has both her hands tight, preventing her to realise planned artistic interventions under Branko’s bridge.
Her position as „cultural worker“ thus is unambiguous.
The remaining question is: is critical rearticulation of contemporary society through art either desirable or permitted.

Srđan Tunić, curator, art historian

6.            Viktorija Kamilić

"Zagrljaj za Savamalu (A hug for Savamala)"
Director and producer: Viktorija Kamilić
Editing: Viktorija Kamilić, Rastko Popović and Dušan Savić
Camera: Rastko Popović, Ana Stevanović and Marija Ratković
Protagonists: Viktorija Kamilić, Ana Stevanović and Marija Ratković
Music: Nine Inch Nails - 6 Ghosts I (2008)

In this work, the author deals with pointing and praising to the beauty of a long negligent place of Savamala. In a intimate and just about intuitive way, she presents the viewers not the hidden, but the forgotten examples of Serbian architecture which decorate one of the prettiest parts of Belgrade. The hug itself does not represent  a mere comfort for a lonely Savamala district, it symbolises a true promise that, with the participation of all fellow citizens and all those who feel that way, Savamala will shine again.

Dušan Savić, art history student

7.            Srđan Tunić

"La vie en rose"
Director and producer: Srđan Tunić
Editing: Dušan Savić
Camera: Jelena Micić
Protagonists: Julijana Stanojević, Senka Latinović and Srđan Tunić
Music: Clara Rockmore – La vie en rose (2006)

The past in Savamala or the past of Savamala.
We could see Srđan’s work as a reflection on the city that changes, but stays the same. City spaces that still exist, but which lost their original function.
Is the city going under change or just the people?

Viktorija Kamilić, art historian

8.            Jelena Micić

Director and producer: Jelena Micić
Editing and camera: Jelena Micić

In the video artwork of Jelena Micić we could find an empty billboard, in the middle of an urban jungle. The thing we are trying to understand is what it causes. The passers-by, used to seeing a thousand of commercials every day and react on their content overlook the white space.

Ana Stevanović and Marija Ratković, art history students

9.            Neda Radoičić

"Dah Savamale (The breath of Savamala)"
Directors and producers: Neda Radoičić i Slađana Dragičević
Editing: Tijana Trkulja and Nenad Billy Urošević
Camera: Neda Radoičić
Protagonists: Neda Radoičić, Slađana Dragičević, passers-by

Choosing passers-by as the protagonists of The breath of Savamala, Neda tells us about our citizens’ knowledge of the terms: curator, Mikser festival, Savamala, as well as what they find (not) annoying. Most of them agreed on that the noise is disturbing and they would like to see the place cleaned up a bit.
Asking too much?
Do we all share a little boy’s behaviour when he has a privilege to say “no” by waving his head, when he’s displeased? Are we childishly powerless and capable of waiting until the Savamala district becomes one more Shopping mall where Mikser festival will be a DJ, providing “unseen great fun”? And the curators will work at ticket-offices.

Slađana Dragičević, art historian

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